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Fire safety in care homes – still questions to answer

6 February 2018: Last weekend, an elderly care home resident died as a result of a fire in a Hertfordshire care home and six others were in hospital. 

After the Grenfell Tower tragedy last year, we asked why no further action had been taken in England following the recommendations made after the 14 deaths caused by the fire in the Rosepark care home in Scotland.

As a result of the subsequent inquiry, both the Scottish and Welsh devolved administrations  demanded that all new and refurbished care homes must have sprinkler systems installed. This has been ignored in England.

This is the view expressed by the Fire Brigades Union that we endorsed last year.

England has behaved as if the Rosepark care home was located in Papua New Guinea..

While Scotland has clearly responded well to the Rosepark fire by requiring that all new care homes are provided with sprinkler systems, England has behaved as if the Rosepark care home was located in Papua New Guinea and the fire there had no relevance to the safety of some of the most vulnerable people in the country”… Dave Sibert, IRMP advisor, Fire Brigades’ Union September 2016 SHP online (Safety & Health Practitioner)

He went on to state that: “There has been piecemeal implementation of some measures, but there was no coherent common response by Government, fire and rescue services or the wider fire sector”.

R&RA asks again why residents in English care homes should be subject to a less rigorous safety regime?

see also:  16 June 2017 Fire safety in care homes – questions to answer.

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